I am an entrepreneur. I think I have always been, maybe even before I realized it. It really does feel like it’s in my blood. My dad is a business owner and has been all of my life and my brother started his own law practice right out of law school! There is just something about my family that doesn’t like to answer to a boss! We like to run our own show I guess!!
16 years ago I was about to have my first baby at this time. I knew I wanted to stay at home and it wasn’t long before I was trying to find ways to make extra money to make that happen.
I have done everything from selling on eBay, to doing customer service on the phone and now the true love of my life-blogging!
I feel like the times we live in we should be making sure our children have as many skills as possible. We really may not have the traditional ‘going to work’ someday. Companies have cut so much and today’s work field is short term at best. College doesn’t guarantee better odds either. I know college graduates that are still waiting tables with no job in sight!
I would encourage you, even if you’re not an entrepreneur yourself to at least be teaching your children as many skills as you can. You never know when they will come in handy. I think we will be going back to looking for more skills than degrees someday, because so few really have special skills anymore. It is not because they are not capable, they just haven’t been taught.
Things you can do to teach your children entrepreneurship:
If you have a business, INCLUDE them. Even the youngest can help package products, or run errands with you!
Encourage their passions – what are they the most passionate about? My daughter loves animals. She is only 10 years old and has a professional pet instagram account. She will have a professional pet blog in her teens (I have no doubt about it) Maybe it is art, music, or a rare talent. Have them explore it and brainstorm with them how they can make money off of it!
Have them read books on business – If you have a teen, have a reading list you want him/her to read each month. Make sure to include books on business. Of course you wouldn’t want to include hard, in depth ones but many business books are written to audiences of all kinds. The writing is easy to follow and you would be amazed how many are very interesting. Business does not have to be boring.
Teach your children many skills – if your husband works on computers, have him teach your children some skills, things like virus removals and hooking electronics up. If you are good at gardening, have your children plant something they pick out and get them in on it. There are so many families with so many skills. Cooking, sewing, building models, computers, and so much more.
There are so many ways to encourage your children in entrepreneurship. I hope this gave you a few ideas!!
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